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EPA sues city of Memphis for violations of Clean Water Act

February 10, 2010
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MEMPHIS — The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation filed a joint federal lawsuit against the city of Memphis for violations of the Clean Water Act and the state Water Quality Control Act, The Memphis Flyer reported.

A review of records from the city’s wastewater treatment and collection programs showed 1,170 wastewater overflows in which a total of 23 million gallons of raw sewage leaked into the Mississippi River and its tributaries, according to the article.

Additionally, 45 million gallons of wastewater was leaked in April 2008 after a sewage line break, the report stated.

City attorney Herman Morris said, “In an effort to demonstrate our full cooperation with the EPA, our immediate and urgent steps lie with developing a consent decree to correct the concerns that are raised in the lawsuit.”

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